Thursday, July 21, 2011

Summer Blooms

I'm joining Fishtail Cottage for Cottage Flora Thursday's and Tootsie Time for Fertilizer Friday.



I checked the camera and it was on the right setting. I hate when my photos come out blurry. I think a weak battery could be the reason. I decided to share them anyway.

The bougainvillea is beginning to turn pink. Everyday I notice more and more blooms opening up. The little trellis it is on has gotten too small for this big baby. Unfortunately it will have to be brought in over the winter so I probably won't trellis it any further this season and just cut it way back in the fall.

The begonias haven't performed so well this year. What I have came back from last year but they are scrawny compared to last years. And the red one didn't even show up. See the weed next to the begonia - those are the worst weeds. Their root system is twice or three times the size of the plant. Every time I weed and pull these up they pull up the root of the plant and then I have to pack the dirt back in. I hate those weeds.

Glad to see the dianthus blooming again. This particular dianthus is looking very healthy.

Most of them are beginning to flower again.

I love this red verbena and it is a true red too. 

Begonia.

This bloom on the Endless Summer Hydrangea is huge. I bet it is 7-8 inches across and the plant is still small. It has more buds on it though. I am definitely gonna be adding more of these to my gardens.

The zinnias are as tall as I am. This is my favorite.

The pentas are taking the heat and setting out new blooms.

My neighbors Rose of Sharon. It is loaded with ants.

I was one of the lucky few who received rain last evening. Was so nice to be at home indoors and listen to the gentle rain for several hours (while looking at gardening books). I hate it for all you folks who are experiencing the heat wave. The weather man said worse than in decades. Stay hydrated and in the air condition if possible.

Hope you have a nice weekend.

(PS please keep my family in your prayers. There is a lot to deal with right now)

19 comments:

Darla said...

Nice blooms Becca..I too love that paticular zinnia...save me some seeds if you will, :). Of course you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

That red verbena is gorgeous. I think of you a lot Becca and yes I pray for you and your family as well. Take care Diane

Jacque Ferreira said...

Pretty blooms! Loving garden season myself, Happy gardening ~ Jacque

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Becca, I will definitely keep you and your family in my prayers...

Your flowers are gorgeous.. I love verbena and dianthus... And I always love seeing your bougainvillea.

Hugs,
Betsy

Lona said...

That is such a pretty pink color in the zinnias Becca. Your Endless Summer hydrangea has some lovely blooms too. This weather is terrible. My daughter was in Florida this week and I think it was hotter here than there. LOL! She will be surprised when she gets home today.It is 91 already at noon. Ugh! Take care.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Stil praying for you, Becca, and I think the zinnias are my favorites, too.

Sunray Gardens said...

Very pretty and you have lots still going on with the heat.
Cher Sunray Gardens

Kelsie From Our Country Home said...

So glad to read you got some rain at last...I am super jealous of the Hydrangea, I want to add some to my garden but not have to work out where I want to put more beds first.

Blessings Kelsie

Daisy said...

Your flowers are doing well in spite of the heat, Becca. One of my neighbors has a Rose of Sharon that is really doing great this year.

imac said...

Very pretty flowers and wonderful colours my friend

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Becca,

Your flowers look great, hardly notice the bluriness. I had a smudge on my lens last week, have no idea how long I took photos before I noticed it.

Eileen

Carol said...

Love your blooms and there are my favorite zinnias again :)

Rosie said...

Your zinnias look much healthier than mine. Your hydrangea is stunning. You certainly have a green thumb!

Fishtail Cottage said...

So glad you linked this post to Fishtail Cottages garden party! Adoring the dianthus in your garden - so pretty! xoxo, tracie

Lydia said...

May your prayers be answered the grace of the scent of dianthus as the sun begins to set.

Bella said...

Hi Becca,
Your garden is looking so pretty!! The Zinnia are gorgeous, could they look any cheerier, I don't think so:-) You are lucky to have bougainvillea, a beautful plant, that here is only a very expensive annual...
Hugs,
Bella

Rosemary said...

Becca when I saw all the colour in your garden I thought you must have had rain, everything is looking so good....Have a nice weekend.

Tootsie said...

I thank you so much for linking in this week. It is an honor to host Friday's Flaunt and meet new friends and visit the regulars (who are like old friends) who share. I am always excited to tour each post and see the different flowers/ projects and garden art that everyone flaunts. It is a pleasure to tour and see all the gorgeous blooms...and I appreciate each and every link and comment! I hope you will link in again soon!
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Ila said...

We have the same kind of weeds. They make me think of Mumosa trees even though we don't have any in our area. I wonder what they are and where they are coming from. If I knew that I would destroy the source. Lol